Violence has plagued human society for thousands of years. In particular, violence in the U.S. started well before it’s conception as a country. To get a feel for the amount of violence we have in the U.S., let’s take a look at some statistics.

 A child is murdered every three hours.
 One of five homicides occur in the immediate family.
 Child abuse is the single major contributor to violence in the U.S.
 Two-thirds of all violent prisoners were physically assaulted as children.

Violence in the U.S. started with the discovery of North America by Christopher Columbus. The Europeans wiped out entire Indian tribes. The Europeans saying that the dark skinned natives were inferior and thus dispensable justified this act. Even peaceful Indian groups such as the Ghost Dancers were destroyed.

The U.S. can be considered the first “gun country” starting with the American Revolution, continuing into the late 1800’s with the Civil War, and even into modern times where there is a huge debate over gun control. Out of all the wars the U.S. has engaged in, the bloodiest was when the North fought the South in the Civil War. The Battle of Antitan was the single bloodiest war in U.S. history.

One of the major problems with violence in the U.S. is the ferocity at which the media hypes up violence and the desire of the audience to see it. The media effectively turned robbers and murderers such as Frank and Jesse James into heroes. Songs of praise were written to glorify these heinous men. To media basically encourages “copycat” crimes by glamorizing violence by showing that crime does pay.

Into the early 1900’s, violence shifted into the cities. Gangsters such as Al Capone, Bonnie and Clyde, and James Dillinger became the focus of attention. Once again, the media glorified these individuals. Eventually the violence included the masses of Europeans that were immigrating from Europe and of course blacks were always the victims of some type of violence. Groups such as the KKK and other white supremacist groups were formed to weed out the non-desirables.

Domestic and child abuse is a major area of concern in the U.S. today. The #1 cause of injury to women in the U.S. is spousal abuse. At one point in time, there was something called the “Rule of Thumb” where it was legal to beat your wife as long as the stick you used was no wider than the width of the male’s thumb. Most often alcohol is associated with these types of beatings.